Did you know female mosquitoes can consume 2-3 times their weight in blood?! Fortunately, scientists may have found a way to curb their appetite – diet drugs. In recent tests, scientists found that the diet drugs made the mosquitoes feel as though they had just feasted on blood, giving them the feeling that they were full. This resulted in the mosquitoes losing interest in biting, as their main reason for doing so is to feed on blood. The reason it works is ultimately the same reason it works for humans. (Believe it or not, we share a fairly large amount of genes!) These drugs are appetite suppressants. They work by targeting hunger receptors and tricking the body into into thinking it is full. Scientists were able to replicate this occurrence in mosquitoes by feeding them a saline solution combined with the diet drugs. The goal of this experiment is not to determine a way to completely wipe out the mosquito population, but rather to reduce the number of mosquitoes and possibly annihilate the species that are responsible for the spread of infectious diseases. While these tests are still in the early stages, the results are promising.
It may surprise you since they are so small, but there are many differences between male and female mosquitoes! Here are just a few of those differences…
Believe it or not, female mosquitoes are actually larger than males!
Female mosquitoes have more of a needle-like proboscis, which is what they use to pierce the skin and feed on the blood of humans and animals. Male mosquitoes a have larger, feather-like proboscis which is used to help them hear and locate female mates. Male mosquitoes a have ‘plumose’ antenna, think two tiny feather dusters attached to his head, which are used to help them hear and locate female mates. Female mosquitoes have less ‘feathery’ antenna that are more fine tuned to search for human and animal hosts on which to feed.
While female mosquitoes feed on our blood, male mosquitoes feed primarily on nectar from plants. Female mosquitoes will occasionally feed on nectar, but they start feeding on the blood of humans and animals after they have mated in order to obtain the protein and iron needed to reproduce.
The sole purpose of male mosquitoes is to mate with females. The sole purpose of female mosquitoes is to reproduce. As I mentioned earlier, males use their long, feathery proboscis to listen to the sound of the wings of other mosquitoes so they can find a female to mate with. Males are able to determine the difference between other males and females by the frequency of the wing beats. Female’s wings beat at a rate of about 500 times per second! Male’s wings beat at a lower frequency. The sole purpose of female mosquitoes is to reproduce.
Male mosquitoes have a very short lifespan of about 2 weeks. Females have a longer lifespan of a month or more. Some females can live up to 6 months depending on when they emerged and the weather conditions.
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As the poles and the planet begin to warm, the habitats that are suitable for mosquitoes are beginning to change. Mosquitoes thrive in warm, tropical climates. As the temperatures rise across the globe, regions that were once too cold for mosquitoes will turn into ideal habitats for mosquitoes. On the other hand, regions that were once the perfect climate for mosquitoes will become too warm for them. The map below shows the projected change in suitable habitats for mosquitoes by 2050. While many parts of the world are not expected to see much of a change, there are several regions, such as North and South America, that are predicted to see a drastic shift in their mosquito population. So, what exactly does this mean for us? This means more exposure to mosquito-borne illnesses such as West Nile Virus and the Zika Virus. Diseases that were once confined to Africa and Asia are now spreading to places like North America due to the climate change that is occurring. The good news is that since we have knowledge of this, we can prepare. One thing that is going to become a necessity for relief from mosquitoes in the next few years is the DynaTrap. While bug sprays and wearables may provide temporary relief, the DynaTrap is the most simple and effective solution for all of your mosquito problems!
Just like their friend the mosquito, house flies are high-volume reproducers. Good news for us is that those pesky flies don’t live forever! The average lifespan of a house fly is around 28 days. House flies develop in four distinct stages, or complete metamorphosis. These four stages are: egg, larva, pupa, adult. Let’s take a closer look
Female adults lay eggs a couple of days apart and lay up to 150 eggs each time. Females lay their eggs in dead or decaying organic material where there is enough moisture for the eggs to develop properly. The egg stage of a fly’s life cycle lasts around 24 hours.
House fly larvae are eggs that have emerged from their egg state. Larvae immediately begin to feed on the organic material in which they were laid. This stage of development usually lasts between 3 to 7 days. Towards the end of this stage, the larvae will begin to venture out in search of a cool and dry place to begin the pupal stage.
The pupal stage takes place inside of a hard, outer shell that protects the pupae as it changes to a fly. The actual change from pupae to fly only takes about an hour, while the total amount of time spent in the pupal stage is 4 to 6 days.
The lifespan of a house fly depends greatly on a variety of conditions such as temperature and humidity. House flies can live for up to 40 days in the adult stage if the conditions are right. Between 4-12 hours after emerging from the pupal stage as an adult, females will begin laying eggs, and the cycle starts all over again!
The entire saying goes something like this: “March winds and April showers bring May flowers and June bugs.”
Depending on where you live in the world, this saying can vary in accuracy. But for now, let’s take it how it is.
Have you ever noticed how much windier the month of March is? If so, that makes sense. March is known for being one of the windier and most unpredictable weather months of the year. One day it’s 70 and sunny, the next day it’s 30 and snowing. Why? Well, March is a transition month. We’re heading out of the cold and into the warmth and the weather always has a hard time with the change. Cold air is sitting in the north while warm air is coming in from the south. When these winds collide, things get emotional, and March throws a windy, gusty tantrum.
In different parts of the world, April is recorded as the rainiest of months. Specifically, in the United Kingdom and Ireland. During Spring, the jet stream moves across these two countries bringing more rain than usual. Throughout this month the land starts warming up way faster than the ocean. You then take a warming land, cold seas, and a cold atmosphere, and what you are left with are growing storm clouds.
Flowers need a few essentials to grow. Two of these essentials are rain and sun. Like the poem goes, “April showers bring May flowers.” The sun is out in May, and the ground is wet from the April showers. Therefore, it’s time for flowers to start blooming! Depending on where you live, you could see flowers blooming before May 1st hits your calendar. Some locations heat up faster or don’t experience the same March winds as other places. But if we’re following this nursery rhyme, then May Flowers it is!
The March winds have stopped, the April showers have calmed down, the May flowers are in full bloom, and now this is where the poem becomes unfortunate. The June Bugs come out. Now we could take this quite literally seeing that there is a species of beetles named June Bugs. These bugs got their names by immerging from the ground when the weather became consistently warm around June. Other names for them are “June Beetle” and “May Beetle” because some do come out during May, or the month of blooming flowers. If you look at the picture above, you’ll see this menacing beetle that ends this poem in horror. It comes out near the month of June to eat your families gardens, crops, and annoy the absolute heck out of you. In general, most bugs start immerging from their dormant state once the temperature is consistently 50 degrees. These temperatures begin in May, before rising even more in June.
For the poem, nothing. But for June Bug control, there is something we had in mind. Get a DynaTrap! The DynaTrap catches bugs who love to snack on gardens. The DynaTrap does this without using any pesticides, chemicals, or odors that could harm you, your garden, or the beneficial insects and harmless animals that visit your property. DynaTrap is a safe, silent, and simple repellent you would love to have this season!
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Both male and female mosquitoes bite humans
Mosquitoes are so small that when you hear them buzzing in your ear, you don’t care what gender they are, you just swat! Females are actually the only ones who bit us. They cannot produce eggs without a blood-meal. A male mosquitoes main purpose in life is to reproduce with females. When it comes to food, they strictly feed on nectar. With that being said, female mosquitoes don’t just feed on humans. Like males, some feed on nectar as well. Others will choose reptiles, birds, and other mammals as hosts.
All mosquitoes carry diseases
No, and thank goodness. Disease-carrying mosquitoes are more common in hotter, humid, and more tropical countries rather than those whose climates shift throughout the year. Different parts of South America, Asia, and Africa carry the most mosquito-borne illnesses. Mosquitoes who carry diseases are carrying a parasite that is causing the illness. If a malaria-infected mosquito bites a person, they will transmit malaria to them. If a normal mosquito without the malaria parasite then bites that infected person, they will get the malaria parasite, and the cycle continues. That is why it is so hard to control. Mosquitoes in places like the U.S., Canada, and Europe, have not yet been exposed to these parasites that cause many diseases. Therefore, people in these countries do not have to worry about this issue as much.
Mosquitoes only bite at night
Some mosquitoes are more active during the day, some are more active at night. Overall, they’re an all day issue. During the high peak of the hot summer days, mosquitoes are less likely to come out. They are so small, and the sun is so hot, that they can get dehydrated and bake in the sunlight. If they get inside they’re protected by the sun, so they can cause annoyance all hours of the day.
Mosquitoes prefer people with sweet blood
It doesn’t matter how sweet or bitter your blood is, what matters is the amount of CO2 you breathe and the odors you release. These odors include a chemical signal that many people give off through their skin that indicates a persons blood type. In other words, your blood has a scent. Mosquitoes pick up this chemical signal and are more attracted to those who have a stronger blood-scent. With that being said, there have been studies done that have shown that people with Type O blood are bitten more than those with other Types. It’s possible that Type O blood gives off a higher chemical signal that attracts mosquitoes more than other blood types.
The mosquito dies after she bites
Unfortunately, this is untrue. You may have thought this because when BEES sting us they die. Bees don’t have the strength to pull their stingers back out after stinging. When they go to tug their stingers out they get so stuck that they leave their stinger, and some of their body, behind. When mosquitoes bite us they use that blood to go reproduce and lay hundreds of their lethal offspring. Our blood fuels their way of life. If a female mosquito bites enough hosts without getting squashed, they can live up to three weeks.
Bats are a great mosquito control
Although bats do eat mosquitoes, creating bat shelters in your yard will not solve your mosquito problems. Bats eat any insect that flies: Mosquitoes, moths, beetles, and more. With that being said, the bat to mosquito ratio is outstanding. Even if bats eat 1000+ mosquitoes per day, they will most-likely barely make a long-term dent in your mosquito population problem.
If you think eating bugs is gross, you may be a part of the cultural minority.
Eating bugs is a regular delicacy in many cultures around the world. When it comes down to it, bugs have many nutritional values. They are filled with protein, iron, zinc, calcium, and a low, but healthy, amount of fats. They actually could serve as a great alternative to meats and other protein-filled foods that are higher in fats. They even contain higher protein than some fish. Who knew eating insects could be such a great diet plan? For those of us who watched Fear Factor, we didn’t know that the disgusting insect-eating challenges were actually giving the contestants amazing nutritional benefits. Some countries that regularly eat insects are Mexico, Brazil, Ghana, Thailand, China, The Netherlands, Australia, Japan, and the list goes on. Surprised? So were we. This practice of eating insects even has a name, it is called Entomophagy.
What could change?
People eat insects at all stages of life: Eggs, larvae, pupae, and adults. In some countries, there has been conversation of mass producing insects for food. They say that this would be a more environmentally friendly alternative than the forms of protein production we do today. Whether that is true or not is an interesting thought, but only time will tell if insect production is the key to the future. What we can do until then is research, take a leap of faith, and possibly change what’s for dinner. Go to this link to see the different nutritional benefits of insects: https://www.edibleinsects.com/insect-nutrition-information/
So what do you think? Would you eat bugs for dinner?
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